Dozens of children have died during the Iranian government’s crackdown on protests across the country, prompting some to call on the United Nations to expel Iran from the world body.
“The time has come for the international community to stand by the people of Iran, accept their will and recognize their right to resist and defend themselves,” the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) said on Fox News Digital. “This can be done by closing the regime’s embassies and designating the Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist group, in order to hold the regime accountable and end its impunity.”
“The time has come to refer the dossier of the mullahs’ crimes to the United Nations Security Council and to take steps to expel this murderous regime from the UN,” the statement concludes.
Iran’s regime has been unable to stop protests that have spread across the country over the past three months following the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini while in police custody, reaching more than 140 cities and towns Reports indicate that at least 700 people have died due to the government crackdown, including dozens of children.
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UNICEF in November. 27 issued a statement saying that up to 50 children may have died during the protests, but that the number could be as high as 65. Iran has regularly denied these actions.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran is a party to the Convention on the Rights of the Child and has an obligation to respect, protect and fulfill children’s rights to life, privacy, freedom of thought and peaceful assembly UNICEF said in a statement. last month’s statement.
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“UNICEF urges the authorities to respect the rights of all children to peaceful assembly as a fundamental guarantee, no matter who they are or where they are,” the statement added. “The best interests of children must be at the heart of government action, creating ways in which children can assert their rights safely in all circumstances.”
According to NCRI, five of the victims are under the age of 10 and most of the victims were male. The largest number of child victims came from Zahedan. Most of the children died from gunshots, but some died from batons or beatings by security forces.
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Iran’s policies toward protesters, as well as its generally oppressive policies toward women, prompted the UN on Wednesday to expel the country from its seat on the Commission on the Status of Women.
NCRI told Fox News Digital that the UN should go even further and expel Iran from the entire organization, citing Article 6 of the UN Charter, which states that “a member of the United Nations who has persistently violated the principles contained in this Charter may be expelled from the Organization by the General Assembly on the recommendation of the Security Council.”
The Secretary-General of the UN, António Guterres, deferred comments on the membership of the organization itself, but “believes that all member states must comply with their commitments contained in the Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights” , spokesman Stéphane Dujarric told Fox News Digital.
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Dujarric added that Guterres “subscribes” to UNICEF’s message on the issue of child deaths in the protests, and that he “will continue to speak about these issues”.